Who was Ireland’s first blogger?

I just did a press interview there and was asked who was the first blogger in Ireland. It’d be good to research who this was. I don’t know who it was but I did mention that Ireland had one of the first websites in the world thanks to Peter Flynn of UCC so Irish people were getting their point across online since the very start. So who was our first blogger or the first website which allowed comments on a page (and not via a guest book)?

18 Responses to “Who was Ireland’s first blogger?”

  1. Roger says:

    I’m racking my brains on this one. I only read somewhere recently where somebody had been doing a blog the old manual way….editing the page every day. I’ll see if I can dig it up.


  2. Roger says:

    Sorry can’t find it now.

  3. squid says:

    Radiowaves.fm’s section is run in a similar way to a blog. John F has been logging radio station news in this fashion since 1998 or 1999. Don’t know if it was the first “blog” asuch, but it is the earliest one I can think of.

  4. squid says:

    that should be news section. sorry

  5. the saint says:

    press interview ehh what paper do i have to buy tomorrow then

  6. Dave says:

    Once upon a time I used to actually hand code a `news’ section of a personal site I had. That was during the summer of 2000. Before that I hand coded a rugby news website, at the time I didn’t even know CMS‘ existed!

  7. tomcosgrave says:

    Back when I were a lad….


    If it means anything at all, I was one of the first 5 webloggers. I started in April of 1999 and kept going until I jacked it in 2004 (and started again this past week!).

    The other 4 were –

    Dee was probably the first at http://whatever.targum.net/, she started in 1998, but stopped last year. She did hers by hand initially and then went to Blogger. Later Helena (see below) gave her a subdomain and she moved her weblog there.

    Helena had one at http://www.targum.net – she maintains the domain and archives to this day – she started in 2000.

    In 2001, The first techie blog was most likely Vincent O’Keefe at http://www.mersault.com/thinking (long dormant and now dead, apparently) and one of his colleagues had a weblog on his esat webspace, called thisismydna.

  8. tomcosgrave says:

    Also, one of the longest running webloggers still running is Maura, who started in 2000 also. She’s at http://www.babbleogue.com/blog.

  9. tomcosgrave says:

    Also, a bloke called Tony Ayres and myself put together a forerunner of PlanetoftheBlogs. Called iLoggers it was a simple directory of webloggers in the early days of Irish blogs. It went online in 2002 and went down last year.


  10. tim says:

    TCAL has been around, intermittantly, since 1997.

  11. tim says:

    of course, if i’d read your post, I’d have pointed out above that it didn’t allow comments. but it was there none the less. lol

  12. Gav says:

    Yer all talking through yer hats – ok I admit it, twas me was the first bogger in Ireland….wait a minute did you mean Blogger or Bogger?

  13. Helena says:

    It depends on what you’d define as a ‘blog’. There were dozens of teenaged girls with online journals on the likes of diaryland.com and livejournal.com long, long before the explosion of Blogger in 2000, but they wouldn’t be considered blogs by your guyses standards.

    If you’re talking about a “links + commentary = blog” formula, I’d probably consider Vincent’s to be the first real Irish one, in that it was regularly updated and conatin commentary. Mine was more of an online journal than a blog, a distinction that I think is pretty important if you’re into this cock measuring business.

  14. The following is probably not a blog in the strictest definition of the term.

    I used a content management system known by the acronym GDSS from November 1990 through September 1991 that allow comments from pilots, controllers and diplomatic clearance officers. Every entry corresponded to a request for diplomatic clearance with markups for net explosive weight, crew complement and fuel requirements.

    The GDSS also contained a facility where you could write about “missions” that were actually bars, gasthauses and pubs. The ones with the longest comments normally were the ones worth visiting.

    However, this system did not syndicate into aggregators because if that happened, we would be nicked by the sysadmins. Funnily enough, many of the best reads in my blogroll resemble the green-yellow-gray GDSS environment of my dip clearance days.

  15. Michele says:

    What about all the Geocities users back in 95? Or the skynet guys in the same period?

  16. dee says:

    thanks tom. if it counts mine was on geocities way back when I started. I only took down the links to the archives yesterday (on realisation that having something I typed at 19 on the Internet is probably not the best idea any more almost 8 years on).

  17. Jay says:

    Who was irelands first vlogger????is it klara mcdonnell